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View the Aging Skin Animation from Understand.com explains how skin ages, what you can do to slow down the aging process and steps that can be take to reduce the signs of aging.
By the time you reach your thirties, collagen and elastin fibers begin to decrease slightly. As a result, the first signs of aging may start to appear as fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth. You may also experience a slight change in skin texture, and a decrease in your skin"s overall moisture content.
By your forties and fifties, the effects of long-term sun exposure, repetitive facial expressions, and the normal aging process start to accumulate. The fine lines around your eyes and mouth deepen and forehead lines and glabellar creases may begin to appear. Age spots (lentigines) and other pigmentation irregularities generally start to appear in sun-exposed areas.
Using a daily moisturizer with sunscreen and continuing to exfoliate will help keep your skin looking radiant.
If you are looking to improve the texture of your skin, ask your doctor about a prescription medication, such as a topical retinoid (Renova®) that can help with fine wrinkling or simple in office procedures like superficial chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Men and women who are looking for more rapid and dramatic results may be interested in botulinum toxin injections (Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport®). Dermal fillers such as Juvederm® or Restylane® can also help to reduce the appearance of deeper wrinkles. Additionally, chemical peels, intense pulsed light therapy, and laser resurfacing may help to improve your skin tone and texture and increase collagen production.
Aging Skin Basics
As our bodies age, the appearance and physical qualities of our skin change.
Over time, the skin loses its underlying layers of fat, and the production of collagen and elastin fibers slows. As a result, the skin loses its fullness and starts to sag.
Aging skin has the following qualities:
This change is slow and continuous, starting in our twenties. The pace of aging is due to a combination of genes (our inherited tendency) and external factors, such as exposure to sunlight and its ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and smoking.
Just a few minutes of sun exposure each day can cause noticeable changes to the skin over time. The term "photoaging" is used to describe this sun-related skin damage. In sunny climates, photoaging may be seen in people as early as in their twenties.
To minimize the premature aging of the skin, practice sun protection habits. And, if you are a smoker, you may see improvement in your skin after quitting, even if you have smoked for many years.
Aging skin should be examined regularly for precancerous and cancerous lesions. Doing this at home is referred to as a skin self-exam.
Treatments for aging skin
If you are bothered by visible signs of aging, there are a variety of treatments available to improve damaged skin:
These may be used alone or in combination for a more complete skin care regimen.
In helping you evaluate your treatment options, your physician will consider these factors:
Tip of the day >>Do facial exercises at least once a week. Stand in front of the mirror and make “oo” and “ee” sounds to stretch the face, relax any tense muscles and improve the circulation.
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